Inter-University Centre


Dubrovnik, June 2004/2005

1.) Social Work Theories and Methodologies
June 6 - 12: Symposium
"Social Work and Risk"
Course Directors:
Organizing Director:
Dr. Peter Erath, Germany
Dr. Brian Littlechild, England
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Croatia/USA
Dr. Peter Erath
Catholic University
D 85071 Eichstaett, Germany
Phone: +49 8421 903808
Fax: +49 8421 931773
E-mail: peter.earth@kueichstaett.de

Course Description:

In examining the development of social work throughout the world, it is necessary to broaden our horizon of inquiry beyond one of comparing models of appropriate practices that occur in different countries. The aim of the new course is to present and discuss theories about, for and of social work on several levels, and to evaluate and compare all kinds of strategies that are meant to be successful in achieving the purpose of social work within the given context.
The 2004 Symposium "Social Work and Risk" will explore concepts of risk assessment and risk management, which have an increasingly influential part to play in social work practice and management world-wide. The increased emphasis on how to quantify, assess and manage identified risk poses challenges to traditional social work values and methods. We plan to examine positives and negatives of different models from service user and provider perspective. Engaging in dialogue concerning rights of service users to take risks, and social workers role in reducing risk for service users themselves and those they may be judged to pose a risk to, will provide participants with the opportunity to examine the place of risk in balancing these concerns with the "rights" of individuals, families, communities, and society in general.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Caroline Bourke: Risk to Children in Families with Violence

Birgit Dummer, Rita Brodwolf, Peter Erath: SW Theories and Risk - German Perspective

Vito Flaker, Vera Grebenc, Petra Hamersak: Risk Assessment in Slovenia

Sonia Jackson (UK): Risk and Human Behavior

Maglajlic' Dada M. (Cro/US): Risk of Not Taking Risk

Littlechild Brian: Social Work and Risk

Littlechild Carole: Risk in Adoption Work

Katarzyna Pawalek (PL): Juvenile Crime Prevention in Local Communities

Alice Prihodova: SW and Risk in Czech R.

2.) Social Work With Children and Youth
June 6 - 12: Symposium
"Reaching the Inner World"
Course Directors:
Organizing Director:
Dr. Jean Gervais, Quebec, Canada
Dr. C. Jussi Tukiainen, Finland
Dr. Lina Kashyap, India
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Croatia/USA
Dr. Torril Tjelflaat, Norway

Guest Director:
Dr. Djuka Stakic, Penn State University
E-mail: dos4@psu.edu
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic'
Bemidji State University
1500 Birchmont Drive NE, HS #23
Bemidji, MN 56601, USA
Phone: 218 755 2837
Fax: 218 755 2822
E-mail: dadam@paulbunyan.net

Course Description:

Participants examine implementation of the UN convention of the rights of children and all other relevant documents in the various regions in the world, but in particular in the countries represented in the course. Equal attention is given to all age subgroups, with special reference to policy and planning, as well as to different facets of social work theory and practice. Each year this Course focuses on a slightly different specific issue with a plan to cover all relevant components of the overall field of the "child and family welfare". The 2004 Symposium will explore the complexity of the inner world of a child/young person. Different stages and models of clinical intervention will be analyzed from both, theoretical and practical, perspectives.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Antinic Suzana (Croatia): Priorotizing Activities with Children and Youth

Bock Marlene (G): Symposium Evaluation

Dell Clark Cindy (US): Therapeutic Play, With or Without Intervention

Flaker Gorana (Slovenia): Children = Creativity = Social Work

Gervais Jean (Cnd): Opening Up Through and with Special Books

Kauppinen Liisa: Reaching Inner World Through Creative Symbols

Jackson Sonia (UK): Coping with Trauma

Jovanovic Ljubisa (SCG): Separation as a Purpose of Life

Masar Martin (USA): Heart to Heart with Animal Assisted Therapy

Rojnic’ Von Mannen Odilia (Holl/Cro): Reaching the Inner World Through Music

Stakic’ Djuka: Triangulation of a Soul

Suljak Branka: Prevention of Drug Abuse Among Children

3.) Social Work and Social Policies
June 20 - 26: Symposium
"Social Security Facing Insecurity"
Course Directors:
Organizing Director:
Dr. Juha Hamalainen, Finland
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Croatia/USA
Dr. Horst Sing, Germany
Dr. Haluk Soydan, Sweden
Dr. Mari-Anne Zahl, Norway
Dr. Mari-Anne Zahl
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Dept. of Social Work and Health Science
7194 Trondheim, Norway
Phone: 47-73-59-1926
Fax: 47-73-59-1885
E-mail: mari.zahl@svt.ntnu.no

Course Description:

Social work develops both, theory and practice, in a given context. Changes in needs, expectations, paradigms, systems, and welfare models all influence discussions and directions chosen for the growth and improvement of social work. In this course interaction between social work and social policies is discussed and problematized. Presentations have a theoretical as well as an empirical base. Each year a special topic is chosen foe examination. For the year 2004 we will focus on the welfare state. It was once a model for a democratic society aiming for social security for all assuming that social security can be defined by minimum standards based on scientific methods. We might, however, ask if poverty and marginalization are immanent in all societies, and if any type of democracy safeguards social inclusion. How can social work and social policies face up to these issues on an ongoing base on a micro and macro level? Examples can be problems related to unemployment and health, as dimensions of social exclusion.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Brkic' Miroslav & Djuric' Andrijana (SCG): Roma People between Security and
Insecurity in Serbia

Hamalainen Juha (Finland): Measuring Social Insecurity - Objectivity and Subjectivity

Krzyszkowski Jerzy (Poland): Rebirth of Social Services ion Poland -
Between Socialist Welfare and Welfare Society

Lysestol, Peder Martin (Norway): The Public Pension System and
Contradiction Between Generations

Podvorica Avdi, Dushi Florentina, Hoxha Arberita: Evaluation of Social Security versus
Insecurity of the Children in Kosova

Redzovic' Skender (Norway): The Future Takes Visa? Social Security Under
Pressure in the Welfare State

Schneider Robert (US): The Dizzying Debate over Social Security in the USA

Sing Horst (G): Social Policy and Social Work - What Makes the Difference?

Vornanen Riitta (Finland): Social Work and Social Policy - Facing Old Challenges and New Risks
and Insecurities An Example of Child Welfare

4.) Social Work Spirituality
June 13 - 19: Symposium
"Exploring Meta-Ethics and Promoting Culture of Peace"
Course Directors (alphabetically):
Guest O. Director 2004
Guest O. Director 2004
Dr. Edward Canada; KS/USA
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Croatia/USA
Dr. Craig Rennebohm, WA/USA
Dr. Therese Marie Sacco, S.A.R
Dr. Paul G. Shane, PA/USA
Dr. Yves R. Nedelkovic'
Assistant Executive Director
European Center for Peace
and Developement
UN University for Peace
Terazije 41, 11000 Beograd
Serbia, YU
E-mail: yves-ned@eunet.yu
Dr. Lennart Norreklit
University of Aalborg
Aalborg, Denmark
Dr.Norgrefhesnej 2-b
8200 Aarkus, DK
Phone: 45 8619 4028
E-mail: lennart_norreklit@hotmail.com

Course Description:

We serve and teach in the midst of war, the complexity of poverty in a global economy and rapid changes in society. This course seeks to expand our knowledge of the diverse philosophical, humanistic and spiritual resources which guide us in our attempt to create a more just and peaceful communities. Participants explore the spiritual, ethical, cultural and professional values, which inform our thinking and direct service. Special attention is given to issues of conflict resolution, inclusion vs. exclusion, reconciliation and nonviolence, and to deepening our understanding of human spirituality as concerns for social work education and practice. The 2004 Symposium will continue to search for the common elements as we explore meta-ethics as a concept, as well as a practiced tool. By selecting this title, we intend to follow up on our work from the previous years. Part of what we have done in the past is published on our website: www.spirituality-and-social-work.com & www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/publications/social_work_journal

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Beges Alexandra (Slovenia): Organizational and SW Behavior,
According to the Boundaries of Meta-Ethics

Daines Jeanette (US): Implications of Underlying Educational Perspectives and Approaches

Maglajlic’ Dada M. (Cro/US): From Golden to Platinum Rule – In Search for Meta-Ethics

Manenica Igor (Croatia): Autopaiesis and Co-evolution as Systems of Thought
in Applied Meta-Ethics

Nedeljkovic Yves (SCG): Conscience as the Essence of Human Consciousness

Norreklit Lennart (Denmark): The Foundation of Ethics and Social Values

Sublin Hrvoje & Grbi Ana (Croatia): Freedom Culture: Through Travel
and Music Toward Freedom

Van Ijssel Suzette (Netherlands): Spiritual Metaphysics and Ethics in a Postmodern Era

Visinski Silvija (Croatia): Five years Later: A brief Reflection on Project
"Towards a Peaceable Community"

5.) Developing Neighborhood and Community
Support Systems
June 13 - 19: Symposium
"Community Work and Community Support"
Course Directors:
Organizing Director:
Dr. Owusu Bempah, England
Dr. Michelle DelConte, USA
Dr. Ronald Lutz, Germany
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Croatia/USA
Dr. Burt Galaway, USA

2004 Director:
Dr. Ronald Lutz, Fachhochschule Erfurt, Germany
E-mail: Lutz@soz.fh-erfurt.de
Dr. Kwame Owusu-Bempah
School of Social Work
University of Liecester
107 Princes Road East
Leicester, UK
Tel: +44 116 2523749
Fax: +44 116 2523748
E-mail: kob1@liecester.ac.uk

Course Description:

The 2004 Course will reflect on the theories and methods of community organizing and community work. The primary focus will be on contributions of community work programs and their benefits to various groups and individuals within a given society. The core components of the course will, therefore, include the following: (a) an introduction to the history of community organizing and community work; (b) exploration of ideas and concepts of community and its relation to society as a whole; (c) community work versus casework as a social work strategy.
Participants will have ample opportunity to discuss several projects and practice models from different countries. They will also be encouraged to explore and discuss issues concerning the relative appropriateness and effectiveness of community work and community support in different settings.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

Lawrence Mark (US): Making Place out of Space and Community out of Place in the 21st Century
- Lessons Under the Mango Tree

Lutz Ronald (G): Community Work and Community Support

Nagode Mateja (Slo): Social Support Networks in Slovenia

Podvorica Avdi, Dushi Florentian, Haliti Arta, Veliu Bahrie (Kosova): Community Development
and Child Labor

Radakovic’ Biljana (Croatia): Changing Communities and Environmental Attitude
Towards Child Abuse

Sindik Josko (Croatia): Healthy Communities, Healthy Children

Wagner Leonie(G): Community and Society

6.) Social Work With Juvenile Offenders
June 20 - 26: Symposium
"The Role of Communities in Crime Prevention"
Course Directors:
Organizing Director:
Dr. Brian Williams, England
Dr. Helmut Janssen, Germany
Dr. Dada M. Maglajlic', Croatia/USA
Dr. Ira Schwartz, USA

2004 Director: Joe Yates, England
E-mail: joseph.yates1@ntlworld.com
Dr. Helmut Janssen
University of Applied Sciences
D-99013 Erfurt, Altonaerstr. 25
Phone: 49 361 6700 547
Fax: 49 361 6700 533
E-mail: Janssen@soz.fh-erfurt.de

Course Description:

From its beginning communities played a significant role in criminological theories and approaches. Since the 70's a shift towards community oriented strategies in crime prevention and social work with juvenile offenders becomes clearly visible. Various approaches from e.g. community networking, community education to community service, mediation and restorative justice claim to work better than traditional individual approaches. On the other hand, these programs are faced with the argument of widening the net and "blaming the blamed" and by doing so, not only changing but expanding social control on the so called "dangerous classes". The 2004 course will focus on the different and differing theoretical perspectives on "community" and social control, as well as on different examples of international practical programs, and experiences with such programs.

Resource Persons/Lecturers (alphabetically):

BudjanovacAleksandar, Jandric Anita (Croatia): Drug Abuse Prevention in the Republic of
Croatia: Is Our Community Helpless?

Butorac Ksenija, Miksaj-Todorovic’ Ljiljana (Croatia): The Role of Communities in Tertiary
Prevention of Juvenile Delinquencyas
Related to Drug Abuse

Dolezal Dalibor, Miksaj-Todorovic’ Ljiljana (Croatia): The Role of Community Prevention in
Drug Abuse Among Youth

Janssen F. Helmut (G): Learning from Erfurt: The Role of Communities and
Networks in Crime Prevention

Quinn Brian (UK): Preventative Work with Young People in England

Rogar Andreja, Hip Tatjana (Croatia): Local Community Attitudes Towards Preventive
Programs for Juvenile Delinquency

Yates Joe (UK): Masculinities, Adolescence and Offending: Theories and Practice

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